Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

The knives are out for Boris Johnson, says journalist Tom Newton Dunn

The knives are out for Boris Johnson, says journalist Tom Newton Dunn

Senior Conservatives are trying to shore up the PM's position, but critics say she is "very weak" and with no authority.

Writing in the The Sun on Sunday, David Cameron's former director of communications Craig Oliver said the prevailing wisdom in the party is that any leadership contest now, with Brexit unresolved and Labour buoyant, "would result in bloodshed and highlight division".

Removing May now would throw Brexit negotiations into disarray.

Mr Johnson, seen as a potential successor to Mrs May, has said that Conservative lawmakers pushing to unseat her were "nutters".

"I'm absolutely certain she will keep on going".

"That's not a very large number when you look at another almost 300 who are determined to keep her in place", she added. "Theresa May is a fantastic Prime Minister to lead us through Brexit and beyond and our Conservative policies are the right policies for the people of this area".

United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May, following leadership challenges from an audience heckler as well as members of her party, is preparing to shake up her cabinet, according to an interview with the Sunday Times (paywall).

Her comments will be viewed as a slapdown to Mr. Johnson, whose activities overshadowed much of the Tory conference until Mrs.

When asked where Mrs May should put Mr Johnson in a possible Cabinet shake-up, the Tory peer quipped "Mongolia".

But she insisted she never considered abandoning the address because she is "not someone who gives up".

Conservative MPs Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston called for Johnson to be sacked after he told a Conservative conference fringe event that war-torn Libya could have a bright future once they "clear the dead bodies away".

The Sunday Times said three cabinet ministers had discussed the need to replace May.

Fellow Tory MP Nadine Dorries was more direct, telling ITV's Peston on Sunday: "If I were Prime Minister the person I would be demoting or sacking would be Philip Hammond".

Ms. Davidson told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show the Foreign Secretary had backed Mrs.

Senior Tory leader and former prime minister John Major waded in, accusing "self absorbed" critics of undermining May. We want to be upbeat and we just don't think he's helping.

I'm actually getting a bit narked and I'm sure there's quite a lot of women out there that are (getting) a bit narked at how many male commentators are talking about male cabinet ministers deciding what she should or shouldn't do as if she has no agency in this herself.

Johnson goes on to say that he is "fed up to the back teeth" by his so-called "friends and allies" who were being quoted in the media: "I heartily disagree with the sense, tone and spirit of what they are quoted as saying".

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